Courtesy of Wes Gullett, Sports Information Director at Greensboro College
ATLANTA, Ga. – The Greensboro College baseball team raced past the Stormy Petrels of Oglethorpe University,19-4, to close out their three-game trip to the Rawlings Spring Classic Sunday.
Michael Garvey Jr. and Hunter Curtis were both hit by a pitch to lead off the game before advancing 90 feet on a Scotty McGuire sacrifice bunt. During the next at-bat, Garvey scampered across the plate on a wild pitch to give Greensboro a one-run lead.
However, Oglethorpe tied the game in the second inning, but Greensboro quickly regained the lead with a three-run third. Much like the first inning, Greensboro got the first three runners on base after being hit by pitches before Kendal Tucker place a frozen-rope single into center field to score Braxton Rupp and McGuire, while Hunter Curtis scoring on a Petrel error.
The score then remained the same into the fifth inning when Oglethorpe got one run back before Greensboro continued to add on to their lead in the sixth.
Leading 4-2, Greensboro loaded the bases to start the inning before Cameron Peters doubled down the left field line to score two runs before Tucker plated Rupp from third base with a sacrifice fly, making the score 7-2.
In the bottom half of the sixth, the Petrels got two of those runs back, but Greensboro went on to blow the game wide open over the next two innings as they scored three runs in the seventh and eighth innings. McGuire, Tucker, and Brayden King each tallied RBIs in the seventh, while the eighth inning got underway with a monster one-out home run to left field off Garvey Jr.’s bat.
Despite holding a 13-4 lead in the ninth, Greensboro loaded the bases to open the inning before Hunter Curtis tallied an infield single before McGuire recorded yet another RBI hit to extend the lead to 11 runs. However, the Pride was not done there as Peters, David Allen, and Jamar Ellis each both drew a bases loaded walks to score the game’s next three runs before Jacob Rodriguez capped off the scoring with an RBI single to right field.
In the bottom half of the inning, with the Pride leading 19-4, Kamren Keim came on to close out the game and secure the 15-run victory.
Curtis posted a team-high three hits, while McGuire and Rupp combined for four hits and two RBIs. Tucker, who went 1-for-3 at the plate, finished with a game-high four RBIs. Eli Moravick pitched the first 4.1 innings before giving way to the bull pen. Chenzo Scanio, Cameron Edmonds, who was credited with the win, and Keim combined to pitch the remaining 4.2 innings.
The Pride will return to action Wednesday when they are scheduled to host the Maroons of Roanoke College. For more information on Greensboro College baseball, continue to follow www.greensborocollegesports.com.